Views from a Ridge

Cynthia B. Astle

  • Holy Bible pages

    Surrendering to Scripture's Authority

    What is the true authority of scripture, its lists of rules or its witness to God's heart for reconciliation? asks Cynthia B. Astle. Read more


  • Camp Wildfire Space View

    The Fire Next Time

    We face a direct existential threat from climate change this Advent, and our seasonal reflections must turn us toward radical action to stop it, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more


Grassroots UMC

  • North Texas UMC Pays Off School District's Lunch Debt

    First UMC of Royse City east of Dallas decided to give its Christmas Eve offerings to help pay off the students' lunch debt of its local school district. Read more

    Jan 17, 2019

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    In the Church Local Church

  • Special Needs Service Welcomes All Ages and Abilities

    A United Methodist congregation in Texas has inspired a seminary student to start a similar "special needs" worship service at First UMC in Colorado Springs, reports Michelle Karas of the Gazette. Director of children's ministries Janita MacGregor has been trying for five years to start a worship service designed for and led by people with disabilities. She was inspired to model the service, called "Wonderfully Made," after "The Feast," a special needs service held by Highland Park UMC in Dallas. Ms. McGregor currently attends UMC-related Illiff School of Theology in Denver. Read more